LNS Challenge – Graduation Announcement

This week’s challenge on the Late Night Stamper Group is Celebrate!  Spring is a time for celebrations and I have two reasons to celebrate. Both of my kids are graduating in the next two weeks.  So I am a very proud Mother!! My son John, is graduating from Clarkson University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering on May 11th.  What a great Mother’s Day present.  My lovely daughter is graduating from the Academy of Notre Dame (High school) on Sunday May 19th.  So as you can imagine we are celebrating!! I put together a Graduation announcement/party invite using My Digital Studio.  I love this program! graduation2-001   I downloaded the Embark Graduate MDS Ensemble and used the template for a card that was included in the program.  Then of course I had to customize it to represent the two schools that my kids attend.  Clarkson’s colors are dark green and gold.  Notre Dame  is Navy and Gold.  I then added the logo for each of their schools. The feet are from the “Go Graduate” stamp set. I have to say that I am really happy with the way this card came out! So what is next for me and my family?  I will have an empty nest in the fall.  My daughter will be attending Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT to study Pre-med/Pharmacy.  My son will be starting a job with Dresser-Rand.  As he said – “this college thing pays off”!   Thanks for looking! signature line-red      

Card Inspiration

I just love challenges!  This week’s latenight stamper challenge was to use a scrapbook page as inspiration for a card. 100_9187 copy   This is a scrapbook page that I made using MDS as part of a book I printed last year for our trip to Bermuda. Using the layout of the 3 cropped pictures, I cut 3 pieces of designer paper and layered them on white card stock to achieve the same effect as the pictures.     I used Calypso Coral cardstock for the card base and Internatio 100_9188 copy nal Bazar Designer paper for the layers of the card.  I love the bring colors of this designer paper!  The stamp set is one of the new stamp sets that will be out in the new catalog in June!!   Mosaic Madness – I can see that this is going to one of my new favorite sets from the new catalog!  There is a matching punch to punch our the mosaic shape. I added pearls to the center of the mosaic shapes and used the lace tape from the Spring mini for the trim on the bottom.  I added a small pearl to the center of each lace flower. Not a typical card for me but I like it. Sometimes you have to do something a little out o the box!! Thanks for looking!100_9190

Hello my Friend

I had some time to play last night so worked on two challenges from this week. The first is the Technostamper Challenge. As you know ScreenHunter_87 Mar. 27 08.43 Mary Jo posts a sketch and we create cards made with that sketch. Here is the sketch for this week. I used the My Friend stamp set which I have had for a while but don’t see to use too much… 100_9192 copy   I used the Poetry Print designer paper from the current Spring catalog.  I hate to see that paper go!  such pretty colors.  The card base is Melon Mambo with Gumball Green.  I embellished the Hello with the pearl jewels.   A little stamping trick that I love to use.  Want a softer image but only have a darker ink?  Then stamp off on a sheet of scrap paper first. Don’t forget to check out what everyone else has done for this challenge on Mary Jo’s site.  www.technostamper.com signature line-red

Butterflies Galore

Each year I have two retreats for my downline at Cape Cod. One in the spring and one in the fall. Last weekend was our Spring Retreat. 100_9182 copyWe spend the weekend laughing, eating and of course stamping. Everyone brings a shoebox swap to share and other projects that they are working on. Over the next couple of days, I will post the cards and ideas from our event.  This is my favorite card that Connie Branius (my upline) was working on. In fact, I had to CASE it when I got home. (CASE stands for Copy and Steal Everything) This card is made with the Swallowtail stamp.  It is stamped 3 times and then pieces are cutout and layers for a 3D effect.  Connie used Dazzling Details to add glitter to the wings of the card. 100_9183 copy                   This is another card that Connie made over the weekend.  The butterflies are stamped using the flower in the Mixed Bunch stamp set and punched out with  100_9176 copy the coordinating flower stamp.  Cut off two of the petals to make the butterfly!  Stay tuned for more ideas!   signature line-red

The Retired Lists are here!


It is that time of year again!!  Stampin’ Up! is cleaning out old stamp sets to make room for the new sets in the upcoming new Catalog!!  So Here is the list of Stamp Sets that are retiring!

And don’t forget those Retiring Accessories!!  Stock up while you can!

And best of all – between now and May 30th – you can receive an extra $30 in hostess $ for orders over $350!  So talk to your friends and collect a couple of orders and earn that FREE Hostess Money!!

All retiring sets are 10% off when ordered through me.  Unfortunately, you cannot receive the 10% off when placing orders through my online order system.

Happy Shopping!

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This week  I am doing Late Night Stamper Challenge which is a new challenge for me.  The theme for this week was matched pairs…  which is a stamp set that has a matching punch.  So I used the Papillion Potpourri set with the butterfly punch.   The papers are pretty in pink designer stack and the certainly celery designer stack. The butterflies are stamped with the papillion stamp set and then punched out with the butterfly punch. I added a small flower with a pearl jewel to the center of each butterfly. The white is embossed with the lacy brocade embossing folder. signature line-red                

Mixed Bunch Card Sample

100_9122e2This is another one of the cards that I made using the Mixed Bunch stamp set.  I used the stamp set in a little different manner this time. I used the daisy stamp from the set and stamped a white daisy on lucky lime aid, summer starfruit, calypso coral and island indigo cardstocks.  I then embossed these flowers with white embossing powder.   Then I punched out the center of each daisy with the 1 1/4″ square punch.  I layered each piece onto a coordinating piece of cardstock punched with the 1 3/8″ square punch.  This is layered onto a square of whisper white and then a square of summer starfruit. I emobossed a piece  of whisper white cardstock with the petals a plenty embossing folder and added a piece of calypso coral ruffled ribbon.  I stamp the MOM in lucky limeade.  This is layered onto a white card base. Each of the daisies and the flower in the O of the Mom are embellished with a rhinestone jewel.   This card is part of the mixed bunch cards that I designed last week.  The directions for these cards are available for $4.95 via paypal.

Stampin’ Up! April Hostess Special

hostess-promotionHappy Monday!! Starting today to May 30th you can earn an extra $30 in Hostess Dollars for orders over $350!!  So this is the time to stock up or get your friends together for a party!!  Book parties also count! and… Book parties are easier than ever with the new hostess code function.  I setup a Book party for you and give you the hostess code.  Your friends enter their orders with that code and you earn the benefits!! Hostesses may use their additional hostess dollars on any current catalog  merchandise. Interested in Joining my Team??  Now is the time!!  Join my team before May 30th and receive an extra $30 in product in your stater kit!  And best of all, you get to choose the product in the starter kit!  Watch this short video to learn more.  You can join my team by clicking on the JOIN NOW on the left side   Give me a call with any questions! signature line-red      

One Sheet Wonder technique

Good Morning!  Well I hope that everyone is staying dry and warm on this rainy April Friday. 100_9125e_edited-1 Tonight is Bring Your Own Project Night which I host monthly in my Creative Playground. For those of you that don’t have a project to work on, I have put together a card kit using the Stamp Set Mixed Bunch (my favorite floral set from the main catalog) and the in-colors.   Yesterday I posted a couple of cards that I had designed using Mixed Bunch and the One Sheet Wonder technique. I used Mary Jo’s sketch challenge to make the Third card. ScreenHunter_83 Mar. 27 08.13 Here is Mary Jo’s sketch. the One Sheet Wonder technique is a fun way to make your designer paper.  A great technique for backgrounds on cards or scrapbook pages. To make this technique, select a stamp set and your desired colors of ink.  I used Summer Starfruit, Daffodi Delight, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeaid and Indigo Island.  You randomly stamp a sheet of cardstock with the images.  Your sheet will start to look like a sheet of wallpaper. 100_9127 You then use your sheet of stamped cardstock as you would a piece of designer paper.   I added a couple of rhinestone crystals to the petals and center of the flower.  the ribbon is the daffodil delight stitched grosgrain ribbon.     I hope to see you tonight at Bring Your Own Project Night! 100_9126e_edited-1

Mixed Bunch Card Kit

Happy Spring!. 100_9123e I love this combination of colors with the Mixed Bunch Stamp set!  I choose my favorite flower set from the current catalog for my Card Kit this month. I am offering several options for this card kit this month.  And if you already have this stamp set – place an order for some of the embellishments and I will also send you the directions! Option 1 – Purchase the card kit which includes all the pre-cut cardstock and supplies to make 6 cards for $25.  You can make the cards at my Bring Your Own Project night tomorrow April 12th. Option 2 – Order the Mixed Bunch Stamp set and coordinating Blossom Punch from my online store and I will send the directions for all of these cards.  Or if you already have this set, then purchase the cardstock and embellishments from me instead.  See the supply list below for all the supplies used.  I will send the directions after I receive notification that you have placed an order through my online site.  ORDER HERE Option 3 – Purchase the instructions for these cards for $4.95 via paypal.  You can click on the paypal link below.
  These cards were made with the following supplies: Mixed Bunch Stamp Set (125537)   $21.95 Blossom Punch (125603)  16.95 In-Color Cardstock assortment (124328 & 126836)  $9.95 each Calypso Coral Ruffled Ribbon (122976) $9.95 Daffodil Delight Seam Binding (125583) $6.95 In Color Dahilas  (127556)  7.95 Rhinestone jewels (119246)  4.95 Paper Daisies (119243)   6.95 (Optional – can use the blossom punch to make flowers instead) Bottle Cap (129388)  $3,95  (NOTE:  Can use bottle caps, builder brads or another brad for center of flowers) Designer Builder Brads (129329)  $6.95   Enjoy!!   signature line-red          

All about Color, FREE Shipping and a Mystery Hostess

  b1_color_refresh This weekend is all about COLOR and FREE Shipping for the weekend!!  And….  I am setting up a hostess code so everyone can enter their own orders but one lucky person will receive the Hostess benefits for the weekend!!  I will draw a name on Monday at noon so I can finish the order and close it by on Monday (as the f ree shipping period ends Monday night).   Hostess code for this weekend SBHTQJMK.     COLOR REFRESH Details At Stampin’ Up!, we love color and we know that you do too. In the Paper Crafting business, color is fundamental to who we are and what we offer. It’s important for Stampin’ Up! to stay up-to-date with color trends so they are updating the color families with some new lines.   Why now? In 2010 SU did a big color renovation and shared plans for smaller color refreshes every three to five years to keep SU colors on trend. Well it has been three years and Stampin’ Up! is  announcing that the upcoming 2013-2014 annual catalog will include 10 new colors (most of which are returning In Colors from previous years)! SU is welcoming back some of your favorites, moving some colors around, and introducing one brand-new color, so take a look!


Beginning on 4 April 2013, all retiring/discontinued colour products (i.e. ink, paper, ribbon, accessories, etc.) will be available only while supplies last. This means that some products will not be available through the retired list period.


Due to unforeseen problems with the Stampin’ Up! supplier for Watercolor Wonder Crayons and Watercolor Pencils, Stampin’ Up! have decided to discontinue these two products.
The following items are only available while supplies last.  Get ‘em before they’re gone!
101879: Watercolor Pencils 119802: Subtles Collection Watercolor Wonder Crayons 119803: Regals Collection Watercolor Wonder Crayons 119804: Brights Collection Watercolor Wonder Crayons 119805: Neutrals Collection Watercolor Wonder Crayons
Also  – FREE shipping on EVERYTHING April 6-8 (excluding expedited orders)! That’s right. There are no minimums or limits and all order types qualify (customer, demonstrator, workshop, online). Did we mention that the free shipping is on everything? MYSTERY HOSTESS So here are the details and how the Mystery Hostess works.  Visit my Online Store to purchase your product, discontinued colours refills, ink pad, papers, and crayons or watercolor pencils!!  When you check out, enter this hostess code SBHTQJMK, on the bottom left hand side of the order.  This does not hold your order up.  Your order goes into the shipping queue when you close your order.    At Noon on Monday, I will draw the name of one lucky person from those that have entered orders and they will receive the hostess benefits for orders placed this weekend!!  Since the shipping special is through Monday, I will contact one of you on Monday to let you know that you have received the hostess benefits for the orders over the weekend! So have fun shopping!!   signature line-red

Happy April Fool’s Day

DEMO_Best-of_Butterflies_25th-Year_flyer_NA_THHappy April Fool’s Day!  I hope that you have had a fun day and not been pranked too much! The new best of 25 years stamp set for April is everyone’s favorite spring but.  The butterfly!!  I just love beautiful butterflies on a spring day.  There is something so carefree and heart warming about watching butterflies flit about. Don’t forget to save your seal from this month’s stamp set!         signature line-red

Happy Easter

Good Morning and Happy Easter to all!! 100_8958 (5)                   I just wanted to share my favorite Easter card today from the group of cards that I made for my Easter Card Kit.  I love the set Everybunny!! And the new Sunshine and Sprinkles designer paper from the Spring catalog is perfect with all the bright colors!!   Have a great Easter everyone!! Don’t eat too much candy!   signature line-red

Graduation is coming

This morning I am posting a cute graduation card that I CASED from my downline Michele Lacerda.  Michele 100_9115 made this really cute card for me with the owl punch.  I thought what a great grad card that would be.  So I added a graduation hat to the owl. The graduation hat is from the Sock Monkey accessory set.  I just love the accessory sets!!  Always some good individual stamps that you can use for something just like this! I love the combination of colors and the texture with the square lattice folder.  The colors are cherry cobbler, daffodil delight and chocolate chip on a layer of crumb cake. I searched through my scraps of designer paper for a tiny piece with the right pattern to make the front of the owl. So this card is now out on Etsy!  Thanks Michele for the idea!   signature line-red